‘He fought until the very end’: Bay City police officer dies

Detective Delgado passed away after a year-long battle with complications related to COVID-19.

BAY CITY, Texas – “He fought until the very end,” said Danielle Delgado.

According to a social media post by the Bay City Police Department, Detective Juan Delgado passed away Thursday after a year-long battle with COVID-19 complications.

Delgado worked for the police department since November 1997.

“He started with Port Lavaca Police Department … then worked in Fort Bend County … [and ] he retired at Bay City Police Department,” his daughter Danielle shared.

Delgado was in law enforcement for 43 years and his three children followed in his footsteps.

His daughter Danielle is now a police officer for Meadows Place Police Department.

“He was raised us to be very strong … very loving father … he was able to balance being a great father and great cop,” said Danielle to 25 News Now.

Delgado’s sister Gloria Ochoa said her brother graduated from Calhoun High School in 1972, was born and raised in Port Lavaca and was a medic in the U.S. Army.

“All he knew was to serve,” Danielle said.

His daughter said her father still kept working when he contracted COVID-19.

Services for Detective Delgado will be finalized Friday.

Below is a statement from the Bay City Police Department:

It is with great sadness that we inform you that Detective Juan Delgado has passed away. Our friend Detective Delgado passed away after a one year battle with complications related to COVID.
Please join us in sending our deepest sympathy and prayers to his family as well as the many friends, relatives, and co-workers that shared that special connection with Detective Delgado. We are truly fortunate that we had the opportunity to work with and alongside our friend and brother, Juan. He will truly be missed. Detective Delgado has worked full time for the Bay City Police Department since November of 1997. Our prayers and condolences are with the Delgado Family RIP Detective Delgado.
This morning a prayer vigil was held in the BCPD lobby, with Chaplain Joe Ramos officiating. Chaplain Ramos shared the below scripture with us.
2 Timothy 4 Verse 7 and 8
7 I have fought a good fight. I have finished the work I was to do. I have kept the faith. 8 There is a crown which comes from being right with God. The Lord, the One Who will judge, will give it to me on that great day when He comes again. I will not be the only one to receive a crown. All those who love to think of His coming and are looking for Him will receive one also.